Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Uber to launch helicopter service in NYC next month

Uber to launch helicopter service in NYC next month

The trial will begin in 2020, ahead of a commercial launch in 2023.

This week, Uber announced it was adding new aircraft partners to the program, including Pennsylvania-based Jaunt Air Mobility, which will produce a rotor- and fixed-wing light aircraft.

Melburnians may soon be travelling by flight to work, dinner and events, with the city chosen by Uber to be an Uber Air test city.

Uber said on Tuesday it will begin test flights of the pilotless aircraft in Melbourne and US cities Dallas and Los Angles in 2020 before commercial operations begin in 2023.

"Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ridesharing and future transport technology", said Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia.

"We are delighted that Melbourne has been chosen as the first global trial city for Uber Air".

Dallas and Los Angeles in the USA will also be pilot cities.

Airbus is trialling its own air taxi service using a prototype electric aircraft, similar to a drone, which can take off and land vertically.

The aerial option will be included on the Uber smartphone app that will include ground and air transportation and pool travelers into one aircraft.

"This is a trip that so many travelers make a day, and we see an opportunity to save them a huge amount of time on it", Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, told The New York Times.


The electric aircraft will, in the longer term, be able to fly people across cities for the same price as the vehicle ride-share service UberX.

"In the coming years, with Uber Air, we want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight".

Uber Air" "skyports' will likely spring up atop the vehicle parks of Westfield shopping centres.

Uber also announced it will be partnering with Telstra, Scentre Group and Macquarie to support the infrastructure required to launch the surface.

Uber also revealed and air taxi cabin design in collaboration with French engineering group Safran.

Uber Air is touted by the company as an "urban aviation ride-sharing product".

Victorian Government Assistant Treasurer Robin Scott said the Uber Air trial plays up the state's leadership in "transformative technologies".

Uber Chopper subsidised $1,000 one-way helicopter flights from Batman Park to Flemington Racecourse during last year's Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Uber submitted the plan to the Victorian government, arguing mass transit by air could take the pressure off Australia's size and congestion challenges.

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